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Covid-19 & Its effects to the TSC Help Us Rebuild

Greetings,

As an organization, the Texas Salsa Congress has spent more than a decade helping to create partnerships and establishing events in Houston and its surrounding communities that are open to the public and designed specifically to highlight both local and world-renowned dancers, performers, musicians and DJs. The Texas Salsa Congress curates a variety of music and dance events throughout Houston from big to small and all ages. The TSC is best known for producing seasonal weekly events such as Latin Beats (Downtown Aquarium) and Salsa Sundays & Salsa Beats (Kemah Boardwalk) for Landry’s. These events have been produced for more than a decade and are open to all ages and FREE to the entire family.

The biggest event the TSC produces and hosts is the Texas Salsa Congress which takes place every March in the heart of Houston. This event is the longest running and only Salsa Congress in the US founded, owned and produced by a woman since its inception. The TSC produces a yearly four-day festival highlighting, fostering and hosting performances by an immense amount of varied and renowned talent from local, national and international salsa community. Open to the public and designed for attendees with varied interest levels in salsa, the TSC event is focused specifically on bringing the best and most passionate performers and guests from across the city, state, country and world together in Houston for three to four days of exhibitions, workshops, musical clinics and more.

This year the TSC would have celebrated its 16th Anniversary; however, it is with great disappointment that we had to cancel the 16th Annual Texas Salsa Congress planned for March 12 – March 15, 2020 at the Westin Houston Medical Center Hotel. We did everything possible to safely hold the event as planned; however, COVID-19 has presented events and travel industries with an unprecedented global challenge. Travel restrictions, with school and college closures and increased distress by the global coronavirus (COVID-19) and public health caused the event to be cancelled. The Texas Salsa Congress had teams address their safety concerns and canceled their participation for their safety and their family’s safety. As an event we believe it is our responsibility to do everything possible to take care of and safeguard our participants, instructors, DJs, talent and staff well-being. Our event heavily revolves around physical contact via workshops and social dancing.

We hope that our dance community will support us during this very critical time. Over the next few months and even throughout the remainder of the year, we will continue to lose revenue as many of our programing and events will also need to be cancelled. Your donation and contribution will be crucial to our rebuilding process. The cancellation due to the detrimental pandemic, has left an extreme negative impact and has been financially devastating.

The Texas Salsa Congress has created many events that have provided exposure and more importantly income opportunities to dancers, artists, DJs and musicians. We are now asking that the community help us. We need your support and donation in order for the Texas Salsa Congress to be able to rebuild. Your donation will not only allow us to rebuild, but it will also ensure that we can continue to give back and provide our dance community with the same opportunities and programming as before. Thank you for believing in the dance community and for believing in the Texas Salsa Congress.

Sincerely,
Ruby Rivera
Director – Texas Salsa Congress

 

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Our Story

It started as an idea between friends, bringing a congress to Texas where at the time Texas had no active congress in the entire state. A congress that would showcase Texas Salsa talent, bring awareness of salsa to the community and raise money for scholarships. Together David Melendez and Ruby Rivera worked hard and in January 2004, the Texas Salsa Congress was born.

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